In her final dissertation for a Master of Science in Psychology, Sarah Hughes researched the experiences of eight families with autistic members to explore the barriers that exist to everyday life and how choosing to wear the Sunflower could potentially help. Sarah found that the parents valued the Sunflower as it reduced unwanted comments from strangers as well as feeling that they needed to explain the behaviour of their children. The parents in Sarah’s study also discovered that once people recognised the Sunflower, they would stop judging and instead of expecting the child to change, they adjust their own behaviour and expectations.